Health Care Idea-O-Matic

American Public Media, the people who bring us public radio programs, are very smart. They not only have some very cool ideas, but they also know how to implement them. The latest is something called the Health Care Idea Generator, an “online activity that allows the public to share ideas and solutions regarding America’s health care system.”
Go check it out.

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It’s a sort of interactive “think tank” where “ideas ranging from small…

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Life Without Email? Wassup, Doc?

So a diabetic walks into an endo’s office and says, “Hey Doc, can I get your email address in case I have any follow-up questions?” And the doctor replies, “Sorry, we do medicine, not email.”
I made that up myself. No, really… I did.
But don’t laugh too hard. There is actual proof now that doctors who are willing to email with their patients are a rare breed indeed. I’m very lucky to have found…

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KT: Mother, Entrepreneur, Diabetes Advocate

Karen Talmadge is has a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard. She’s currently the executive VP, co-founder, and chief science officer of Kyphon (orthopedic),
which was purchased last year by Medtronic for $4 billion. But first and foremost, she’s the mother of a daughter
who’s had Type 1 diabetes since the age of two. This, she says, is what fuels her passionate work as an advocate for ADA and supporter of a number of
entrepreneurial diabetes-tech…

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Why Testing Matters (Use It or Lose It)

Say what? Am I really sitting here reading all these headlines about how glucose testing supposedly makes no difference for treating diabetes? No. Worse. That it could actually be harmful to diabetics because they’re more likely to become anxious or depressed if they check regularly?
I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but drawing this kind of doofus conclusion that subsequently gets splattered all over front page media just makes me soooo mad.
This…

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Life Disrupted, The Book

For those of you who were old enough at the time to remember life before your diabetes, the term “disruption” may seem like an understatement. Diagnosis is more like a crossroads, where your life morphs from one form into another entirely.
Health writer and blogger Laurie Edwards knows all about this. Maybe even more so than us PWDs, because her life has literally been a string of disabling symptoms, invasive medical tests, IVs, casts on…

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